Note: I used to do the headlines through Twitter semiregularly, but I am not finding that to be a useful resource. I am going to start putting the headlines into a blog post and see how that experiment goes.
Below please find highlights from the news media and blogs about documentary.
‘We Were Here’ review: AIDS’ horrific early years: According to the reviewer, this documentary has “the force of a great war documentary.” The description makes sense considering how long and arduous the fight against AIDS has been.
1958 Kodak Documentary on How Film is Made: A historical inside look on a possibly dying medium. I like and appreciate the spoiler alert on this one: The process is not a vegan one.
BMW Documentaries Film Series Culminates With Final Installment: ‘How We’ll Learn To Stop Worrying And Love The Future’: This is a press release. What caught my attention about this are two things: One, the film series is being done by a car manufacturer (something BMW has done before), and two, the films require viewing through their own player and this is touted as a way to boost viewers’ experience. Is that really why they used a non-standard player, or is it to retain control of their film?
Classic documentary ‘On the Bowery’ showing at Times Cinema: This documentary offers another perspective on the supposedly idyllic 1950s. Glad to see a classic getting some screening time! And here’s another classic to check out: ‘Nuremberg’: Suppressed 1948 documentary on first Nazi trial can now be seen at the Varsity.
Documentary film director says movement growing against hydraulic fracturing: As are the industry’s public relations campaigns against Fox and the awareness being raised. Anything that contaminates ground water that much should scare you.
Documentary: Detroit through the Eyes of its Firefighters: Trailer and a brief description. More information is available on the official site. Here’s another about a documentary coming out of Michigan: Duo teaches gardening to revive Flint.
Festival Focus: MadCat Women’s International Film Festival: A nice overview of the festival, from the International Documentary Association site.
HBO missteps in marketing material for documentary about `Triangle’ fire: Triangle is about a factory fire that killed 146 people in 1911. The marketing materials compared the event to the events of 9/11, citing them as a “workplace disaster.”
Pratibha Parmar is working on an Alice Walker documentary: So looking forward to this! More about Walker is available on her blog; more about the film is available on Twitter.
From the unnecessary speculation desk: Why Is Exit Through the Giftshop Nominated for Best Documentary? and Why ‘Waiting For Superman’ Didn’t Get An Oscar Nod. Instead of speculating on why one documentary got snubbed or questioning the value of a documentary that did, why not spend time talking about the so many other fascinating documentaries out there? While the value of an Oscar is great, sure, so much great documentary work never will even be eligible for Oscar consideration.
‘I Am’: Rare feel-good documentary explores happiness and the meaning of life: At one time this same director made Liar, Liar and Bruce Almighty, both with Jim Carrey.
Pink Saris: Flouting Taboos to Defend Women: About the recent documentary by Kim Longinotto.
Urbanized: A Documentary Film: Is about the design of cities. The director is seeking funds through this Kickstarter campaign.
Victim’s story detailed in documentary: About the scariness of stalking.